Jamaica Money


The currency is the Jamaican dollar (JMD), symbolised as $, J$, JA$. The coin denominations are JMD20, JMD10, and JMD5. The note denominations are JMD50, JMD100, JMD500, JMD1, 000 and JMD5, 000. US dollars, Canadian dollars, pounds sterling, and euros are easily exchange at forex cambios and commercial banks island wide. Note that hotels and resorts usually give the worst exchange rates. For tourists, the US dollar is widely accepted in all hotels, most restaurants, most shops, and almost all attractions in major cities.

ATMs – local called ABMs. They are widely available in every parish and almost all ABMs in Jamaica are linked to at least one overseas network. Credit cards are accepted in many places such as supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurants in Kingston, Montego Bay, Portmore, Ocho Rios, Negril and most other major towns. Remember that most gas stations can only use cash.


Generally, taxi drivers and all-inclusive resorts do not need/allow tipping. However, there are some exceptions, such as in hotels tip $1-$25, in a restaurant tip 0-20%, tip 10-15% at a Spa, tip 10-20% to your tour guide.